International Mother Language Day is an event held across the globe, but it is in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where this day is remembered most heavily. In 1948, the Government of the Dominion of Pakistan ordained Urdu as the sole national language, sparking extensive protests among the Bengali-speaking majority of East Bengal. Facing rising sectarian tensions and mass discontent with the new law, the government outlawed public meetings and rallies. The students of the University of Dhaka and other political activists defied the law and organised a protest on 21 February 1952. The movement reached its climax when police killed student demonstrators on that day. The deaths provoked widespread civil unrest. After years of conflict, the central government relented and granted official status to the Bengali language in 1956. Since 1953, 21 February has been instilled as a public holiday in Bangladesh.
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Track: TFLM – Lost in Your Eyes (feat. Anja)
2) Amar Shonar Bangla